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    1841 Mississippi Rifle lock Plate

    This is a US made lock plate for a 1841 Mississippi rifle. It is marked, Palmetto Armory S.C. and Columbia S.C. 1852 on the front with a 3 on the backside. It is machined and heat treated metal. (not Italian casting) Also a set front and rear barrel band springs for the 1841 they are very high quality and could be original. I have had them about 30 years myself.The last item is a brass patch box for an 1855 Springfield two band musket. It is It a reproduction made in Italy. I am asking $110.00 shipped for all. Pictures didn't upload but if you contact me I will email you photos. (robertson3006@gmail.com) I will sell the lock plate alone for $85.00 shipped. (ITEM SOLD PENDING PAYMENT)

    As to who made this lock I am not sure. I bought so many parts over the years I lost track. I had it since the mid 90s and it may have been done by a fellow in Rittman Ohio. He was a tool and die maker with a large Comercial shop and did engraving also. He made his own dies and stamps. I know he did a few 1842 & 1841 Palmetto lock plates. Funding and IRS problems put an end to it all and he is long ago retired. However I could be totally wrong lol.

    Thank You
    Sgt Ron

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    Re: 1841 Mississippi Rifle lock Plate

    I know the lockplate is sold, but can you tell us who marked it? Very nice job.

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    Re: 1841 Mississippi Rifle lock Plate

    With the #3 on the back side that should be from the very first short run that Jerry Harmon did many years ago. That is of course, without actually seeing it. As I remember it they were numbered from 1 to 12.

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    Re: 1841 Mississippi Rifle lock Plate

    Must have been expensive to have dies made up for such a small run. The pics I got looked like either an italian plate or an original Zouave plate was used. remnants of the eagle that was removed could be seen and there was no mainspring screw hole. The Palmetto marking was nice though.
    Anyone know where the dies are now?

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    Re: 1841 Mississippi Rifle lock Plate

    GPM -

    From what you have indicated, the plate certainly isn't one of the ones that Jerry Harmon did. The plates were scratch built from tool steel. In addition Jerry had a set of taps made in the original Mississippi thread sizes so that you could use original internal lock parts.

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    Re: 1841 Mississippi Rifle lock Plate

    John, I can forward the pics to you if you like. I have one of Rich Cross's plates, so I'm sure it's not his work.
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